Introduced on October 14, 2013, the LG G Pad 8.3 is an Android-based tablet computer from South Korean electronics company LG Electronics. It is part of the company’s G series, which mainly function as the nameplate for its flagship smartphones. The “8.3” suffix is in reference to the diagonal measurement of its touchscreen, which is 8.3 inches. It succeeded the LG Optimus Pad, at a time when LG Electronics decided to adopt the “G” nomenclature for its mobile devices; the LG G Pad 8.3 is thus the first tablet computer to bear this designation. However, since this is a brand new product, it does not have new features or specs that improve on previous iterations. While it received considerable acclaim for its expandable memory, design, and aesthetic value, it also received some knocks for its steep price in comparison to other Android tablets.
Weighing 11.92 ounces and possessing an aluminum back panel, the tablet measures 8.54 inches in length, 4.98 inches in width, and 0.33 inches in thinness. The screen, which uses in-plane switching (IPS) and LCD technologies, produces a resolution of 1,200 by 1,920 pixels.
The LG G Pad 8.3 is pre-installed with the Android v4.2.2 “Jelly Bean” operating system (OS). However, the OS can be updated as Android releases new upgrades. The chipset on the phone is the Qualcomm APQ8064 Pro Snapdragon 600, which consists of the quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 central processing unit and the Adreno 320 graphics processor. For random access memory, the tablet gets 2 GB of RAM. Built into it is 16 GB of flash memory for storage. There is a microSD slot, however, that allows the user to expand the memory to 64 GB.
The primary, rear-facing camera on the G Pad 8.3 is a 5 megapixel (MP) one that records video at 1,080p at 30 frames per second (fps); and it has picture-enhancing features like touch and auto focus, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama view, and high-dynamic-range imaging. The secondary, front-facing 1.3 MP camera on the tablet records video at 720p.
For power, the LG G Pad 8.3 uses a non-removable lithium-polymer battery rated at 4,600 mAh. Inputs on the tablet include a 3.5-millimeter jack for plugging in headphones or a headset, as well as a microUSB port for connecting an adapter to recharge the battery. Wireless connectivity includes a Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n adapter and Bluetooth technology.